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Kommunity FK

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Los Angeles, United States (1978 – present)

Kommunity FK is a / band that helped establish what came to be known as the deathrock scene in Los Angeles. The band was formed in 1978 by American rock singer Patrick Mata, who was influenced by musicians Throbbing Gristle, David Bowie and Joy Division as well as other artistic inspirations like Dadaism, anti-art, noise, musique concrète, and the Brion Gysin/William Burroughs cut-up technique.

Though initially named “Kommunity Fuck”, after a piece of paste-up art created by Mata, the moniker was soon shortened. Mata has stated that the name was inspired by the cold shoulder given him by unimaginative local media venue talent buyers as well as industry powers.

Kommunity FK’s debut album, The Vision and the Voice, was released in 1983. The follow-up, 1985’s Close One Sad Eye, garnered significant attention when a video clip for the song “Something Inside Me Has Died” received significant play on MTV. Fifteen years later, Kommunity FK returned with their third effort, the collection Abandoned Here… Planet Ruled By Bastards, followed by La Santisima Muerte in 2010.

During a Kommunity FK hiatus in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mata led the band Sativa Luvbox, who released two albums: The Bad Sleep Well (1989, Splat-Co Records) and Beloved Satellite (1993, Gasoline Alley Records). Mata had earlier issued a 1979 single, “The Queen Of Beverly Hills,” under his own name. Using the name Texylvania, he also covered songs on several tribute albums.

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